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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in 21.4.05 a war zone update by Adar

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Date Fri, 22 Apr 2005 11:18:48 +0200 (CEST)

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Seven demonstrators (six Palestinians and one Israeli) and a news agency photographer
were injured by rubber coated bullets, the Israeli soldiers repeatedly shoot at the
demonstration in Bil'in against the robbery of the village lands for the expansion
of near by [Israeli] settlements and for the building of the apartheid fence.
Another step of escalation in the violence of the army against the village.
How you can summarize a demonstration of 6 hours net (not including traveling
time) which all along it there was not any full 5 minutes period without the
shooting of a salvo of rubber coated bullets? May be you have simply to start
from the beginning. But, do not expect that this pattern of beginning, middle
and end will dictate by itself a logical sequence of the evolving of the happenings.

The opposite will be truer.
So, never the less, we will start from the beginning that was quite optimistic.
We went out of the village about 70 demonstrators. Palestinians, Israelis from
the Anarchists Against The Fence group, and Internationals. We advances in the
path that lead to the route of the fence and discovered to our surprise that
only three soldiers are waiting for us.

The policy decided on by the comity was to refrain from stones throwing and
to try to advance towards the fence building site. The tear gas grenades
thrown on us by the soldiers did not deter us. "this is a nonviolent
demonstration and we will not move from here. You can throw as much
gas as you wish. We will not run away."

We said and we did so. The forces of the border police joined very soon
the three lone soldiers. We continued singing and shout against the fence.
The commander of the border police said to us: " it is your right to
demonstrate. Only with out stones... And indeed, no stone was thrown
and the demo continued. While we were at it, additional jeeps of the
border police arrived with a closed military zone order. And just from
no where a soldier appeared to be aiming his riffle towards a young
demonstrator who stood about 200 meters away. Two other soldiers told
him "let it go, do not shoot" but he insisted and said: "I have to teach
him a lesson". And he shoot rubber bullets - a retaliation for nothing.
This was the match that ignited the fire...

The teenagers of the village responded with stone throwing... and so it
went on.
From that act and on, continued a 5 hours saga of shooting of salvos of
rubber coated bullets with
short pauses in between that let us to have a a short rest... and to
balance these, from time to time they gave us a "commercial" amounts of
tear gas. Along the prolonged confrontation, 7 were injured from rubber
bullets - five Palestinian villagers, one Israeli, and also a Palestinian
photographer of a French news agency. The injured were treated at the site
by teams of the red crescent ambulances. The Israeli army mouthpiece
denied for unknown reason that any Israeli was injured in the demonstration.
The pictures: https://israel.indymedia.org/feature/display/3028/index.php
tell a different story.

Along the confrontation, the army used a group of Palestinian workers
returning from their day work who passed there as a human shield from
the stones. They detained the workers for a long time ordering them to
stay between them and the demonstration - cynic mode of exploitation as
addition to the daily mode of exploitation of the

While the shooting continued, the army advanced its invasion into the
village from various directions. At one stage the Jeeps entered deep
into the village in pursuit after demonstrators with no obvious criteria.
The took hold of a villager named Fadi Mustafa about 22 of age treated
him roughly - pushing and hitting. Israeli demonstrators tried to stand
between him and the raging soldiers but were pushed violently away.

Fadi was very distressed and said repeatedly he did nothing. The soldiers
did not let him go and continued kicking him and the Israelis that stood
near him. While hi tried to escape from the soldiers he fell down to a
deep ravine, was injured in his head and back and was rushed to the
hospital in Ramalla. His condition seemed serious at the beginning but
later it was reported he was improving.
After that incident or probably because of it, the army retreated from
the village. Up to 01:30 - the time this report was written, the army
have not returned to the village.

The answer to the first question, that was to remind you: "how you
summarize for a report a demonstration of such scale", is: "you do not
summarize". You write a whole page and making the readers of the
indymedia tired.

The more important question is how we continue (first of all the
Palestinians but also us the Israelis) with the nonviolent popular
struggle against the fence, without loosing moral along the bumpy
road the occupation forces of the state of Israel force on us.

Following Is the answer I extracted from the late poet David Avidan:
"What justify more than all
the dream, the huge despair
the knowledge that there is no justification
and the search every minute a new
the excitement and the distress
is the simple fact that they* have nowhere to go"

* In the original it was "us", but as I am Israeli I changed it to
"them"... not any intention to diminish the solidarity with them.

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